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Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Beautiful old versions of Dante's Inferno acquired (and sold)
*****UPDATE: BOTH OF THESE COPIES HAVE SOLD, AND WERE SOLD QUICKLY AFTER THEY WERE ACQUIRED. We have had almost a dozen inquiries about these books in the last two weeks, after not having any for over a year. This must mean that we've been listed somewhere new and are getting more traffic; thank you very much for looking at our website and blog but unfortunately we haven't seen any similar copies at all since we sold these two, and to be honest it appears as though the price has increased since then, to between $300-400. Again, thanks very much for looking****
We've recently come into possession of two very old and very beautiful versions of Dante Alighieri, both of which date to the latter half of the 19th century. One was published by Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. There is no date stated anywhere on the book, however it is the New edition, as stated. It is 13" x 10", bound in full leather with gilt accents. It's truly a beautiful copy of a very rare book, extremely difficult to find in this condition. It is also filled with black and white plates which were drawn by Gustave Dore. I'm including pictures of the book's cover and some of the plates.
The second book is an Italian version of the same book, dating from approximately the same era. The book is in a little worse condition, with some general rubbing and so forth, although I would hazard to guess that the book is in better condition than most of the copies you'll find at this point. It dates from approximately the same era, is the same size and also contains many plates by Dore.
We think that these are both very special books to be in possession of, and are sure that there are people out there who would be interested in them. The English version is priced at $275, and the Italian is priced over $200 as well. Please ask us any questions you might have about either book at firstname.lastname@example.org